The Nebelung is a rare cat that is often confused with the Russian Blue. Although the two cats share some characteristics, they are different breeds.
Let’s take a look at some distinct qualities of the Nebelung cat.
Nebelung cats came about in the 1980s when Cora Cobbs, a computer programmer, mated two blue longhair cats whose parents were a Russian Blue cat and a black shorthair cat.
The offspring of the brother and sister pair had long, double-layered blue-gray fur with silver-tipped guard hairs that gave the cats a shimmering look, earning them the name Nebelung.
Many cat associations including the World Cat Federation and the International Cat Association recognize the Nebelung as a new breed.
Telling if your cat is a Nebelung is not difficult. These fine felines have distinct features that set them apart from other cats. For one, they have a super soft bluish-gray coat that is thicker around the neck and tail.
The thick velvety coat has shimmering silver tips, which give the cat an ethereal, misty appearance. In fact, the name Nebelung loosely translates to ‘creature of the mist.’
Many Nebelungs have almond-shaped bright green eyes. But, some have yellow eyes. This fascinating mix of eye color adds to the feline’s dainty aura.
The Nebelung is a medium-sized cat with a well-built muscular body. The cat stands between 9 inches and 13 inches tall. Females can weigh up to 7 lbs while male Nebelung cats can get as heavy as 15 lbs.